About

chalet_elkhorn_resort_winterSituated in Central Manitoba, The Elkhorn Resort, Spa & Conference Centre proposes nature adventures, complete relaxation and culinary bliss. With over 3,000 square kilometres of boreal forest at its doorstep and bordering the Riding Mountain National Park, The Elkhorn offers over hundreds of kilometres of hiking and cross-country ski trails. Just a 5 minute drive from the town of Wasagaming, make Elkhorn Resort your base camp to Clear Lake.

A Day in the Solstice Spa

Your journey to wellness begins at the Solstice Spa at the Elkhorn Resort, Spa & Conference Centre. Enjoy our indoor pool and hot tub, unwind in our Equinox mineral pool or pamper yourselves with one of our many world-class spa experiences. Our Equinox mineral pool and hot tub contain therapeutic, all natural ingredients designed to help regenerate the skin and provide gentle relief for sore muscles and joints.

Choose to pamper yourself with one of our magnificent treatments including massage therapy, therapeutic wellness soaks, facial regeneration treatments, hand and foot care, alternative healing treatments and hair removal services. The Solstice Spa is the ideal destination for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Buffalo Bar

The Buffalo Bar features a rustic yet modern & relaxing atmosphere where families and friends can enjoy a hearty meal as they catch up with one another.  With a new menu introduced in March 2015, it is fast becoming a favourite spot for locals and guests alike.

 

History

The Elkhorn Resort, Spa & Conference Centre has a long and distinguished history in Manitoba.

Below you will discover how it all began.

1940

Harry Linton of Saskatchewan rents farm land on the present grounds of the Elkhorn Resort. Ted Dudman works on the farm with his family until 1950.

1959

The land is purchased by Ainsley Macey.

Late 1959

The land is purchased by Greg Gregorson of Fargo, North Dakota. Gregorson builds a family cottage on Wasagaming Drive and buys the Mooswa Resort and Fireside Inn. Gregorson’s passion for horses leads to the construction of the Elkhorn Ranch.

1961

The doors to the Elkhorn Resort officially open.

1971

Harold and Dorothy Stiles relocate their horse-riding ranch from Riding Mountain National Park to the lower pastures of the present day Resort grounds.

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1972

Lorne and Ruth Aikens become the new Resort management team. Within six months, the Aikens purchase the Ranch and begin the task of developing a year-round, nationally recognized resort and conference centre. Construction soon begins on the original 22-room hotel, 80-seat dining room, cocktail lounge and combined TV reading room. It quickly becomes a family dream vacation destination. The large outdoor pool and nine hole par-three golf course are huge attractions. The Resort employs a variety of talented local people.

1978-79

Eight chalets are built and guest accommodations double.

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Early 1980

The original farmhouse is sold to Doug Kelly.

Late 1980

The popularity of cross-country skiing on the many groomed trails in Riding Mountain National Park and downhill skiing at Mount Agassiz inspire guests to visit year-round. During the 10-year tenure of the Aikens family, many improvements and upgrades are made.

1981

Paul Albrechtsen and Herb LaGrange search for a location to develop a vacation destination and soon purchase the property. Albrechtsen and LaGrange build a second bay of four chalets, enlarge the group meeting space, create a new lobby, build a new dining room, a General Manager’s residence and increased the number of guest rooms to 51.

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1984

The Sarna family move to Onanole and develop a timeshare business for the Resort’s chalet properties.

1989

Paul Albrechtsen becomes the exclusive owner of the Elkhorn Resort.

1990

Len and Sylvia Boles become managers of the horse riding ranch. They offer guests trail rides, hayrides, stagecoach rides, sleigh rides, cutter rides, bobsled rides and bonfires. Pet beds and breakfasts are provided.

1992

A third bay consisting of five chalets is constructed.

1996

Len and Sylvia buy the horse riding ranch and rename it the Triangle Ranch.

1998

The Sarna family partner with Gary Buckley and purchase the Elkhorn Resort. They offer guest services, build a Spa and a new bay of chalets. The Elkhorn Resort becomes the highest rated vacation property in Manitoba and earns a Canada Select 4-star rating.

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2010

The Triangle Ranch becomes Elkhorn Riding Adventures. The new equestrian facility features state-of-the-art stables and a riding arena. Guests are offered trail rides and equine training.

2011

Now employing between 80 and 100 talented team members, the Elkhorn Resort, Spa & Conference Centre is proud to be a long-standing member of the Onanole/Wasagaming community.

2012

The newly renovated Mountain Grill Dining Room & Bar opened for the public in April, along with a new private dining room.

The Elkhorn Resort, Spa & Conference Centre along with the Clear Lake Golf Course developed a leasing agreement with the Riding Mountain National Park, in which the Elkhorn Resort is now able to use the Park’s Superintendent’s Residence as a feature property that can be rented out to guests for everything from private getaways to medium-sized events.  It is the ideal location and property for weddings and fall functions.

2014

Construction on the new pool/fitness building starts

Elkhorn Riding Adventures becomes a private boarding and horse training facility.

2015

The Mountain Grill Dining Room & Bar reverts back to the Buffalo Bar with the new 10 Steakhouse replacing the dining room. Elkhorn Resort now features 2 distinct restaurants with separate menus.

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The new pool/fitness building opens in the Fall and features a kiddie pool area with beach entry, bucket brigade, lily pad walk, lap lane, 2 hot tubs and a 20ft waterslide.